On a clear and sunny June day the members of a village gathered in the town square to participate in the lottery. However, unlike the lottery that partakes in our society, this one involves narrowing down the villagers until one remains who gets stoned to death by the other villagers. The one object that can be used to represent this cruel tradition is The Black Box, from which the villagers draw from to determine the victim. This mysterious black box represents how traditions have a hold on us. The Black Box symbolizes how traditions like the lottery attach themselves to us through the box’s appearance, history, and overall mysteriousness.
The main idea Jackson make in “The Lottery” is that people can come to together to perform this terrible act and then completely forget about. Even small children took part in it. Jackson states, “The Children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” (5) The tradition within village seems to be wholesome scene, until the actual reason for it comes to
The black box in the lottery was symbolic of the tradition of the Lottery itself, as Mr. Summers even “spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box…” because he had to interact with it, unlike the other villagers. So in this, he reflects the villagers thought for change when they personally had to face the reality of winning the Lottery. As even the color of the black box is representative of the murder that occurs if you pull out the slip with the dot. Likewise, stool that upholds the black box is representative of the person that upholds the tradition as the one who is stoned to death. As Jackson shows through the villagers "Keep their distance, leaving a space between themselves and the stool."
The short story by Shirley Jackson is very difficult to understand. One day villagers come together in the square town to participate in the lottery to win something. The kids comes first and starts to gathering up stones until their parents come call them to come back. And then the actual lottery starts where somebody is going to win. When picking the lottery the villagers have the ritual where household goes first and then the family members.
On page three the dad says ”That sun. He could feel it on his neck, still, like a hot paw”. Bradbury uses this as a way to show the dad 's fear of the nursery in the growing darkness of the room. Another simile Ray Bradbury uses in The Veldt is when the children return from the Plastic Carnival. “Wendy and Peter were coming in the front door, cheeks like peppermint candy, I was like bright blue Agate marbles, a smell of ozone on their jumpers from their trip in the helicopter.” He uses this to develop the innocence of the children on the outside, to later show the darkness growing in the children.
Throughout “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the town participates in a lottery, where the person chosen has stones thrown on them. People in the village unfortunately get lucky in the draw, and some fortunately do not. As soon as the villagers show up in that town square, as soon as they participate in society at large, they are left open to the chance of catastrophic failure. The theme of the lottery is not only life’s choice, but also the sudden unexpected nature of death. Another representation of symbolism would be through the use of objects.
By teaching little Davy to stone people corrupts his innocents. When the town's children grow up and have their own kids, they will continue to teach them the tradition of the lottery, it will go on forever, and the fear of getting rid of the lottery will keep the town from
In the 2003 version terrorism was on everyone’s mind so they were easy to assume all there problems were coming from the family that had just moved into the neighborhood. Both of those videos and stories show us that fear of the unknown can cause people to turn on each other. In the 1960 version of “The monsters are due on Maple Street” Rod Serling puts together a brilliant teleplay that when the power goes out people become frantic to find the source of the problem. He shows that fear of the unknown can cause people to turn on each other. People started to fear when “As the figure gets close and closer, he pulls the trigger”.